Early spring work parties

Thousands of trees were planted, rhoddies cleared and meters of paths repaired by our volunteers on five work parties.

Thousands of trees were planted, rhoddies cleared and meters of paths repaired by our volunteers on five work parties.

March and May started with work parties at Glenlude. Volunteers finished off some tree planting at Glenlude started by a group from Phoenix Futures. They had received a large pack of wildlife trees from the Woodland Trust In your Community project. The Phoenix Forest was greatly extended and other trees were planted around the volunteer’s shelter and in a sheltered spot by the banks of the Glenlude Burn. The temporary stables that had been occupied by the ponies was dismantled with much of the wood recycled and the rest consumed in a satisfactorily large bonfire. Volunteers also carried out some more brashing in the forest opening up a new route during the work party that ran after the Trusts AGM in Dunbar.

In April a group mostly of volunteers new to the Trust went on the first of two work parties this year at Inverie. Most of the week was spent with the Knoydart Forest Trust helping Ian Dow to sweep a large area of land close to Inverie for any reseeded rhododendrons. These were remove by hand as many are closer ti the burns supplying the communities water. The Forest Trust laid on a BBQ on the long beach and the volunteers helped repair some damage to the log tables there which had resulted from the winter’s storms. The final day was spent removing tree tubes from trees behind the campsite which have now outgrown them. New trees were also planted in the nut & fruit orchard that is being developed by the community.

For the Western Isles work party in April the hosts were largely the West Harris Trust. We helped plant 8,000 trees as part of beating up two schemes run by the Scarista and Borve grazings committees. One was to the north of Loch Langabhet and the other along the Abhainn an Uisge to the south of the land now owned by the West Harris Trust. We also continued some marram grass planting to control coastal erosion that we started at Scarista last year. We also set out two temporary groynes using stobs and fishnets in an attempt to stabilise some of the dunes below the golf course. The last two days were spent with the North Harris Trust planting 1500 trees in the community woodland at Ardvourlie and searching for the invasive Pirri – Pirri in an area to the north of Abhainn Suidhe. We traced it up the water courses towards Glen Cravadale and removed large amounts of it as it descends into Cravadale down the Allt a Ghinne.

At the end of April brilliant sunshine marked the latter half of four days on the Trusts Knoydart property at Li and Coire Dhorrcail. Under the supervision of Lester Standen the volunteers cleared a new slipway for the Trusts boat and some stray rhoddies before moving up to the path into Coire Dhorrcail. The whole length of the path on the Trusts property was worked on for what is probably the first time in the Trusts history. Several hundred metres of ditches were dug out and several small repairs made. Veteran volunteer John Worsnop led a group which started a major rebuild of one section that had been land slipped away. A large section of revetment was constructed to support an Irish ford carrying a burn over the path. The evenings bonfires were enlightened by lessons on skinning and butchering a stag that Lester had shot in the coire as part of the out of season control the Trust is licensed for on this property.

You can see a full range on the relevant Fickr sites by clicking on the links

Inverie & Li & Coire Dhorrcail
Western Isles

Details of remaining work parties for 2014 and how you can join them can be seen here.